The Mistress Contract
Published by Oberon
1 Male 1 Female
She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America
She is 88
He is 93
For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides 'mistress services'
That is, 'All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers'
They first met at university and then lost touch
When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle - The Mistress Contract
Then - on a small recorder that fitted in her purse - this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship - conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone
And in bed
Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day
But was her Contract a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for?
Or was it brave, honest, and radical?